Archive

Goga selected Baldwin’s Male Athlete of the Year | TribLIVE.com
News

Goga selected Baldwin’s Male Athlete of the Year

shrMikeGoga2070518jpeg
Submitted
Baldwin's Mike Goga competes during the 2018 season.
shrMikeGoga3070518jpeg
Submitted
Baldwin's Mike Goga was named the school's male athlete of the year for 2018.
shrMikeGogaEricFalcione070518jpeg
Submitted
Baldwin's Mike Goga, with volleyball coach Eric Falcione, was named the school's male athlete of the year for 2018.
shrMikeGoga070518jpeg
Submitted
Baldwin's Mike Goga competes during the 2018 season.

Mike Goga spent countless hours in the Baldwin gym.

He was a three-year starter in basketball and volleyball and landed all-section and All-WPIAL honors as a senior.

For his efforts, Goga was lauded as the senior male athlete of the year for 2017-18 at Baldwin’s annual athletic awards banquet May 20 at Crowne Plaza Hotel.

“I am so honored to have been named male athlete of the year,” said Goga, 18. “It is a true blessing to join previous Baldwin greats that also won the award. Also, I am very honored to win the award alongside Taylor Dadig, another great student-athlete. I feel it was a great way to end my career at Baldwin.”

Goga’s athletic career came to a screeching halt May 17 against North Allegheny in the WPIAL Class AAA volleyball playoffs. NA defeated the Highlanders, 3-0, and went on to clinch WPIAL and PIAA titles.

“I am definitely going to miss competing in both volleyball and basketball in college,” Goga said. “It was a huge part of my life up until this point, so I will try to continue to play both sports in whatever capacity I can in the future.”

A four-year varsity team member in basketball who was selected for the Roundball Classic this past season, Goga plans to major in engineering and was accepted at Pitt, Penn State and Ohio State. He decided to attend Pitt, where he will devote his time to his studies.

He also considered continuing his distinguished hoops career and had offers from Allegheny, Washington & Jefferson, Penn State Behrend and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

“Making my final college decision was the most difficult decision of my life,” Goga said. “I was faced with the very difficult choice of continuing my basketball career at a smaller school or attending my dream school to obtain a great education at Pitt. In the end, I decided that Pitt was the best fit for me considering my major and the proximity to home, and the existing connections Pitt has with big corporations that provide internships and job opportunities to Pitt students.

“I strongly considering going to a different school up until the last few days before my decision. My decision came down to the United States Coast Guard Academy and Pitt. The Coast Guard Academy presented some really intriguing opportunities, but I felt that I had to make some sacrifices in athletics in order to make the best decision academically.”

Goga and teammate Nick Fiumara were selected to play for the East all-star team at the Roundball Classic. The East squad was coached by Joe Urmann, who resigned as Baldwin’s coach following the 2017-18 season.

A 6-foot-4 forward, Goga was a three-year starter and the Highlanders’ leading rebounder. He averaged 10.2 points.

He also helped spark the Highlanders’ volleyball team to one of its best seasons in recent memory from his middle hitter position, leading to the retirement of longtime coach Eric Falcione.

“Although I have so many great memories from my time at Baldwin, I think all the time I spent with my coaches and teammates are the memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life,” said Goga, who graduated with a 4.5 GPA. “In terms of accomplishments, I have fond memories of our basketball playoff appearances in 2016 and 2017, as well as our volleyball playoff run in 2018.

Ray Fisher is a freelance writer.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.